The Nigerian Navy has said that it had arrested five persons in Port Harcourt for allegedly stealing diesel contained in over 2,000 drums.
Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore Sanusi Ibrahim, who announced the arrest, on Thursday, said the drums contained about one million litres of diesel.
Ibrahim, who spoke through the NNS Pathfinder’s Base Intelligence Officer, Lt.-Cdr. Sunday Katuka, said that the seizures were made in an abandoned warehouse following a tip-off.
Ibrahim took newsmen to the warehouse in Ogbogoro community in Port Harcourt, adding that 15 other suspects fled the scene when navy personnel raided the facility.
According to him, the 15 other suspects fled the scene because troops are not allowed to use their firearms in anti-bunkering operations.
He advised authorities to come up with policy to ensure that warehouses were not abandoned but leased for legitimate businesses.